Sunday, 14 April 2024, 10:32 PM
Site: Unitec Online
Course: Guide to Moodle (Guide to Moodle)
Glossary: Guide to Moodle

Free images - stock, creators, editors

There are various sites that provide free images. Some give you the tools to create the images yourself, and some provide royalty free or creative commons images for you to use.

We have bolded the ones we recommend for quality of images and ease of use.

NB: If photos have people on them, there may be a model-release involved. Please check for these.

Image creators

  • Canva - free to create an account
  • - enter an email address and create free badges from a range of shapes and templates
  • Piktochart - create your own infographics or graphics, option for collaboration, easy to use templates
  • Powtoon - create free animated videos and presentations, everything you need is provided

Royalty free or creative commons images ready to use

Image editors - resize, crop, apply effects to your own images

Other useful resources

Image attributions

You can attribute images in several ways, and the important thing is that they are attributed correctly.

Always check whether you are allowed to use images. Images that you find on Google Search are not all just free for use. Always go to the source of the image and check whether the person who posted it is happy for you to use it! Then make sure you mention the actual source (Google Images is not a source!).

Ways to attribute images:

  • When you upload the image to Moodle, it asks for Author and Licence. Make sure you change these to reflect the actual owner and licence of the image. Also make sure you repeat this information in the image description. If you have done both of these steps, that is all that is needed.
  • You can put a note at the bottom of your page, or in a block, stating where you got the images (the original source, remember not Google Images), and what sort of licence the image is under.
  • You can put this information in a caption under your image.


For example, this image here says "No attribution required". This means you don't have to attribute the original source, however, you should still state under which licence this image is used so that people know that it is public domain, no attribution.

License: CC0 Public Domain, no attribution required

Image licence: CC0 Public Domain, no attribution required.

We have put the licence information in the image description, though the hover text (also called alt text) doesn't seem to work in a glossary. If you find that is the case where you have placed your image, it is best to also put the information in a caption (as above), or a side-block.


Put licence in image description like this:

Licence information is in the image description field

HOVER TEXT - Add the image, go to the "advanced" tab and put the hover text required in the "title" field

Email notifications

Adjusting all email notifications from Moodle

  1. Log into Moodle
  2. Hover your cursor over your name in the top right
  3. Preferences> Message

Then you will see a long list of events that Moodle can send email notifications for. Choose which of them you wish (or don't wish) to receive by email, by using the check boxes.

When you are done, click "Save"

About email notifications from Moodle

Moodle is not an email platform. If you wish to email your students, please email them! Moodle does sometimes send email notifications of events that happen on Moodle such as:

  • a Moodle message has been received while the user is offline
  • a forum post to a subscribed forum (such as a news forum)
  • an upcoming event

These notifications sometimes fail, so they are not a reliable way of emailing your students. To email your students, send them an actual email.

Adjusting forum email digest settings

  1. Log into Moodle
  2. Click on your name "You are logged in as Firstname Lastname" in the top right
  3. Administration block > My profile settings > Edit profile
  4. Email digest type:
    • No digest (single email per forum post) - you will be emailed a separate email notification for every single forum post to a forum you are subscribed to. This can spam your email if you are subscribed to a busy forum, or many forums.
    • Complete (daily email with full posts) - you will receive one email per day with all that day's forum posts compiled on it, in full.
    • Subjects (daily email with subjects only) - you will receive one email per day with all that day's forum posts compiled on it in list format, showing only the subject lines. Click the subject lines to go to that forum post to read it (you may be required to log into Moodle to see the forum).
  5. Click "Update profile" at the bottom.


A Moodle page is a separate web page which can be filled with text, media and links.

Adding a new page to your course:

  • From the "Add an activity or resource" menu, choose Page.
  • In the "Adding a new page" screen that follows, give your page a name and an optional description.
  • Add your content to the Page content section using the web editor.

Block - HTML block

A HTML block is basically a 'free' block. This means you can add any text, links or media to it with the HTML editor.

Add a HTML block

In an HTML block you can create links to external URLs, Moodle activities and resources or documents you have uploaded to Moodle

  • Type the word or sentence that will be the link (make sure this is a word/sentence that conveys meaning to the learner)
  • Highlight this word/sentence
  • Select the chain icon in the text editor
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  • In the Link URL box of the dialog window, you can add the following:
    • a URL of an external website (e.g.
    • a URL of a Moodle activity/resource (go to the required activity and copy the url that appears on top e.g.
    • a link to a document (see below)
  • Select Insert
  • Select Save changes.

To link to a document:

  • Select the browse icon next to the Link URL field.


Calendar - Add a new event

To add a new event to a calendar, navigate to the month required in the calendar block.

  • Click the name of the month
  • An expanded window opens
  • Select the button 'New event'
  • On the New Event page select the type of event
    • User Event will only be visible by the user currently logged in (i.e. the one creating the event)
    • Group Event will be visible to a particular Group on the course (chosen from a drop-down list)
    • Course Event will be visible to participants on the course in question. Only users with the capability to manage calendar entries at the course level can add course events.
    • Site Event is a "global" event - visible in every course and on the calendar on the home page. Only users with the capability to manage calendar entries at the system level can add site events.
  • Set the event properties
  • Click Save changes

Request a new course

This is for teachers only.

If the course you are teaching is not already on Moodle you can use the "Request a Course" button that is visible at the bottom of any category in Moodle.

You can get to "Request a course" in 2 ways:

To go to the categories view, click "All courses" at the bottom of the "My Courses" block on the front page.

My Courses

This takes you to the category view. At the bottom of any of these categories, you will see a "Request a Course" button (note: You do not need to be in the correct category to request the course, you will get to choose the category for your course in the request form)

Request a course

(Clicking the button above will also go to the request form)

Follow the "Request a course" link in the drop down menu at the top.

You can then fill out the form.

Request form

Typing Māori easily

If you are using Mac

If you are using Windows

  • make sure you have the Maori keyboard installed (Unitec Managed builds will have this - talk to IMS)
  • in your task bar click the little keyboard icon and switch to Maori keyboard mode
  • type ` (usually to the left of the 1 on your keyboard) followed directly by the vowel and it will become one with a macron
  • when you are done make sure to return to US keyboard mode

Horizontal rule

It is possible to make a beautiful horizontal rule in Moodle.

Here is an example which you can add to your own course by clicking the < > button and pasting the following code.

<hr style="height:8px; color:##800000; background-color:#800000;" width="75%">

The horizontal rule is a great way to separate resources and activities into manageable chunks, display subtopics in sections.

Enrolment - Programme codes

Here is a list of Unitec programmes with their ID codes and school codes that provide these programmes:

PeopleSoft programme codeProgramme nameSchool code
BABach Arts40LA
BAATBach Applied Animal Technology40NS
BARCHBach Architecture20AR
BASBach Architectural Studies20AR
BASCIBach Applied Science40NS
BASHBBach Applied Science/Human Bio40OS
BATBach Applied Technology30BT
BBSBach Business20AF
BCEBach Creative Enterprise20ID
BCONSBach Construction30CN
BCSBach Computing Systems20CG
BDESBach Design20DE
BDVABach Design and Visual Arts20DE
BEENVBach Engineering/Environmental30EN
BENGTBach Engineering Tech (Civil)30EN
BETMGBach Engineering Technology30EN
BHSDBach Health Social Development40CH
BHSMIBach Health Sci/Medical Imagin40MI
BICBach Communication20CO
BICHNBach Communication (Hons)20CO
BLABach Landscape Architecture20LA
BNBach Nursing40NU
BPRODBach Product Design20DE
BPSABach Performing & Screen Arts20PS
BRMBach Resource Managemnt40NS
BSOCPBach Social Practice40SP
BSPBach Social Practice40SP
BSPTBach Sport40ST
BTECEBach Teaching Early Childhd Ed40ED
CAMECert Automotive Mechanical Eng30TT
CAMGTCert Animal Management40NS
CANWICert Animal Welfare Investgtns40NS
CATECCert Applied Technology30BT
CAWICert Animal Care40NS
CAWINCert Ani Welfare Investigation40NS
CBAC3Cert Bus Admin & Comp L320AF
CBAC4Cert Bus Admin & Comp L420AF
CBUSICert Business (Introductory)20AF
CCINTCert Information Technology20CG
CCMACert Communication & Media Art20CO
CCOMPCert Computing (Level 2)20CG
CCSCert in Computer Servicing20CG
CCSKCert Community Skills40CH
CCSSCert Construction Site Safety30BT
CDESSCert Design20DE
CDVACert Design and Visual Arts20DE
CEALCert English Additional Lang40LA
CECSCert Employ & Commun Skills40CH
CEEECert Electrical Electronic Eng30EL
CEMSKCert Employment Skills40CH
CENGCert English (Level 2)40LA
CENG3Cert English (Level 3)40LA
CENG4Cert English (Level 4)40LA
CETECCert Electrical & Electronics30EL
CFS4Cert Foundation Studies40FS
CFSTWCert Found Studies L3 Whitinga40FS
CFSW2Cert Found Studies L2 Whitinga40FS
CHECert Higher Education40ED
CHGDNCert Home Garden Design20LA
CHSCICert Horticultural ScienceSLPSC
CHSKLCert Horticulture Skills40NS
CIE4Cert Intensive English Level 440LA
CIENGCert Intensive English Level 540LA
CLICert Liaison Interpreting40LA
CLTCert Language Teaching40LA
CMBC2Cert M/skill Build Constr30BT
CMMTCert Maori Mentor Training40LA
CMUSICert Music (Introductory)20PS
CNASCert Network Admin & Security20CG
CONTContracted Courses40FS
COPCertificate of ProficiencyUNITC
CPGFTCert Plumbing and Gasfitting30PG
CTCMWCert Trad & Contemp Mri Weav20DE
CTCOMCert Technical Communication20CO
CUPCert University Preparation40FS
DACSEDip Applied Computer Systm Eng20CG
DACTGDip Accounting20AF
DASDip Applied Science40NS
DATBDip Applied Technology Buildg30BT
DATECDip Applied Technology30BT
DBSDip Business Studies20AF
DCCDip Contemporary Craft20DE
DCMUSDip Contemporary Music20PS
DCOMPDoctor of Computing20CG
DCPHODip Contemporary Photography20DE
DDESGDip Design20DE
DDESMDip Design Media20DE
DENDip Enrolled Nursing40NU
DENGADip English (Advanced)40LA
DENTYDip Environ Technology30EN
DGDADip Graphic Design & Animation20DE
DIDDip Applied Interior Design20DE
DITSDip Information Technolgy Supt20CG
DLDDip Landscape Design20LA
DMFADip Maori Fine Arts20DE
DMGMKDip Management (Marketing)20AF
DMGMTDip Management20MA
DPDSDip Product Design Studies20DE
DPRACDip Professional Accountancy20AF
DPTECDip Performance Technology20PS
DSLMDip Sustainable Land Manage40NS
DSSMDip Sport & Fitness Education40ST
DTLMDip Tourism Leadership & Mgmnt20MA
DTRTIDip Te Reo me nga Tikanga40LA
DVADip Visual Arts20DE
DVETNDip Veterinary Nursing40NS
GAENGSht Crses in Auto Engineering30TT
GALFShort Courses in Business20MA
GCARPShort Courses in Carpentry30BT
GCEALGCert English Additional Lang40LA
GCNPMGCert Not for Profit Managemnt40CH
GCOMMShort Courses in Communication20CO
GCONSSht Crs Constructn-Non assess30CN
GCOSTSh Crses in Community Studies40SP
GCPAGCert Professional Accountancy20AF
GCPNLGCert Pacific NGO Ldrshp & Mgt40CH
GDBIMGDip Buildg Informtn Modelling30CN
GDBUSGDip Business20MA
GDCEGDip Creative Enterprise20ID
GDCMPGDip Computing20CG
GDCPMGDip Constructn Project Mgemnt30CN
GDDESGDip Creative Practice20DE
GDECGDip Event Communication20CO
GDESNShort Courses in Design20DE
GDHEGDip Higher Education40ED
GDLMDGDip Leadership Maori Devlpmt20MA
GDNPMGDip Not for Profit Mgt40CH
GDPAGDip Professional Accountancy20AF
GEAPLShort Courses in English40LA
GEDUShort Courses in Education40ED
GENGGShort Courses in Engineering30EN
GENRCGeneric Short CoursesUNITC
GETECShort Crs in Electrotechnology30EL
GF4UFree 4 U Computing40CH
GFOUNSht Crses in Foundatn Studie40FS
GHEALSht Crses in Health Science40HS
GILANSht Crses in English (Intl)40LA
GISCSht Crses in Business Computg20CG
GLANGSht Crses in Intl Languages40LA
GLPSCShort Courses in Horticulture40NS
GMLCSht Crses in Maori Lan&Culture40LA
GMTECSht Crses in Marine Technology30TT
GNRELUNITEC Star crses for Sec SchINREL
GNURSShort Courses in Nursing40NU
GPGASSht Crses in Plumbg & Gasfittg30PG
GPHOTShort Courses in Photography20DE
GPUUKShort Courses in Maori40LA
GRESMShort Courses in Resource Mgmt40NS
GSAFECert in Growsafe(Introductory)40NS
GSPNShort Courses in Special Needs40CH
GSTUPSTEP UP School Revision Progrm40FS
MAPMaster Applied Practice40ID
MARCHMaster Architecture20AR
MARCPMaster Architecture Professnal20AR
MBIEMaster Bus Innov & Entrep20MA
MBUSMaster Business20MA
MCOMPMaster Computing20CG
MCPMaster Creative Practice 
MDESNMaster Design20DE
MDMMaster Design Management20DE
MEDMaster Education40ED
MEDMMaster Educational Ldrship Mgt40ED
MHSCIMaster Health Science40MI
MICMaster Internatl Communication20CO
MLAMaster Landscape Architecture20LA
MOSTMaster Osteopathy40OS
MPAMaster Professional Accountncy20AF
MPMMaster Project Management20MA
MSOCPMaster Social Practice40SP
NCAEENCert Motor Ind /Auto Elec Eng30TT
NCAENNCert Motor Ind/Auto Engin30TT
NCALVNCert Adult Lit & Num Ed VocWk40ED
NCAM3NCert Mot Ind AutoElec MechEng30TT
NCAM4NCert Mot Ind AutoElec MechEng30TT
NCBFLNCert Business First Line Mgt20MA
NCBSINCert in Business Introductory20MA
NCCNCert Computing20CG
NCCADNCert Carpentry (Advanced)30BT
NCCPYNCert Carpentry30BT
NCDLGNCert Drainlaying30PG
NCDRNNCert Drainlaying30PG
NCEANCert Ed Admin (Admin Support)20CG
NCEE2NCert Electrical Eng (Level 2)30EL
NCEE3NCert Electrical Eng (Level 3)30EL
NCEEENCert Elec Eng Elec for Reg L430EL
NCESCNCert Electronic Security30EL
NCGASNCert Gasfitting30PG
NCJNYNCert Joinery30BT
NCMENNCert Motor Ind/Ent Auto Trade30TT
NCMESNCert Motor Ind - Entry Skills30TT
NCMHANCert Mental Hlth Addictn Supt40CH
NCPLUNCert Plumbing30PG
NCPTGNCert Painting30BT
NCRENCert Real Estate Salesperson20MA
NCRETNCert Retail20MA
NCRTLNCert Retail20MA
NDATNDip Architectural Technology30CN
NDBUSNDip Business20MA
NDCNDip Computing Supt Sftwre Dev20CG
NDCMNDip Construction Management30CN
NDQSNDip Quantity Surveying30CN
NDSYGNDip Surveying30EN
NZCE2NZCert English Language L240LA
NZCE3NZCert English Language L340LA
NZCE4NZCert English Language L440LA
NZCE5NZCert English Language L540LA
NZDBNZ Dip in Business20AF
NZDENZDip Engineering30EN
NZIMNZIM Cert Management40TP
NZLCMNZIM Cert Lang Culture & Mgt40TP
PGCAPPGCert Applied Practice40ID
PGCCPPGCert Creative Practice20AD
PGCELPGCert Educationl Ldrshp & Mgt40ED
PGCHSPGCert Health Science40MI
PGCOPPostgrad - Cert of ProficiencyUNITC
PGCSPPGCert Social Practice40SP
PGDAPPGDip Applied Practice40MU
PGDBSPGDip Business20MA
PGDCGPGDip Computing20CG
PGDCNPGDip Counselling40SP
PGDCPPGDip Creative Practice 
PGDDEPGDip Design Enterprise20DE
PGDEDPGDip Education40ED
PGDICPGDip Inter Communic20CO
PGDMGPGDip Marketing20MA
PGDMTPGDip Health Science40MI
PGDPAPGDip Professional Accountancy20AF
PGDSMPGDip Educational Ldrshp & Mgt40ED
PGDSPPGDip Social Practice40SP
PHDDoctor of Philosophy40ED
SACOPStudy Abrd-Cert Of ProficiencyUNITC
SACP3Cert of Proficiency InternatnlUNITC
SACP5Study Abrd-Cert Of Profciency5UNITC
SACP6Study Abrd-Cert of Profciency6UNITC
SACP7Study Abrd-Cert Of Profciency7UNITC
SSTARSTAR Secondry School Short CrsUNITC
TPCATechnology Pathway Cert (Auto)SAPTI
VTPVocational Training SchemeUNITC